We finally start to understand the secrets of the multiverse in Justice League #16 as the Thanagar Prime storyline wraps up and the quest to save the DC universe begins. When we last saw our heroes, we learnt that there were many more secrets to the multiverse that were not yet uncovered. This issue highlights some new revelations for various characters across the book, showing them the better way to lead their lives.
We return to Thanagar Prime as the Elder of the Martians is telling J’onn about his past and the universe’s future. It becomes clear as she tells her tale that she hasn’t got long left. With her life and the fate of Thanagar in the balance, the stakes are high. The likelihood is that as the Elder dies, the planet and its reality collapses, which will have significant consequences for its status and role in the rest of the universe as the keeper of goods and precious secrets.
As the biggest secret in the multiverse is being revealed by the Elder, Star Man and Shayera, a few secrets of the Martian Manhunter’s own past are uncovered. It appears that humanity and Martians were once a part of one species, but were separated, with the Martians having the power of knowledge and humans having the fire of passion and emotion. Humans experimented on J’onn by using his DNA to create hybrid monstrosities; a fact that will pose a few moral questions. As one of the last of his species gives him these details in her last breathes, the planet around them collapses. Shayera has lost her way at this point, consumed by her desire to stay with her late lover, her duty to her people and a level of selfishness as to her own role in history.
The Lanterns, on the other hand, seem to resolve their differences quickly. John admits that he has run from his role with Earth for too long and is committed to solving the problems in the multiverse.
With fantastic art as always, and the potential for Star Man to really standout in future issues, Justice League #16 continues to add to the DC mythos.
Justice League #16
A satisfying conclusion to one story and the final push for another, this issue centres on the truths of some of DC's finest and their quest to face these without backing down.